American bombing had signed my death certificate’: Missing US journalist James Wright Foley goes unflinching to his death as ISIS behead him in horrific video, as a warning to Obama
- American photojournalist James Wright Foley has been beheaded by ISIS forces
- Foley has been missing since Thanksgiving 2012 while working in Syria
- ISIS posted the extremely graphic video ‘A Message to America’ to social media
- Foley speaks to camera before his death and labels the US his killers
- A masked and robed member of ISIS speaking English in what is thought to be a British accent addresses the camera too
- After the execution of Foley, the ISIS member says that missing American journalist Steven Joel Soltoff will be killed next
- A man identified as Soltoff in a caption on the video is then paraded in front of the camera
- Beheading comes one day after ISIS threat to America that ‘we will drown all you in blood’ following the US-aided Kurdish recapture of the Mosul Dam
American freelance photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, has been beheaded by ISIS in a video message posted online and titled as ‘A Message to America’.
Foley, has been missing since November, 2012, after being taken hostage while reporting from Taftanaz, in northern Syria while reporting for the agency, GlobalPost.
ISIS posted the extremely graphic video to social media as proof of their barbaric actions late on Tuesday afternoon.
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Beheaded: James Wright Foley in a grab taken from YouTube and posted online by ISIS
Terror: Photojournalist James Wright Foley spoke before his beheading to say ”I call on my friends, family members and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government.’
White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the administration has seen the video.
She says that if it’s deemed genuine by the intelligence community, the US would be ‘appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.’
His family issued a statement through their Free James Foley organization, which has been working to free the journalist.
‘We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.’
As the disturbing video infolds, Foley, dressed in orange addresses the camera before he dies and labels the US government his real killers as a man in black robes armed with a gun stands over him.
The journalist who has been missing for almost two years then leaves a haunting message for his brother, John, who is in the US Air Force.
‘I died that day, John, when your colleagues dropped that bomb on these people. They signed my death certificate’
‘I GUESS I WISH I WASN’T AMERICAN’: PHOTOJOURNALIST JAMES WRIGHT FOLEY’S FINAL WORDS TO CAMERA BEFORE HIS DEATH
‘I call on my friends family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government. For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality.
‘My message to my beloved parents: save me some dignity and don’t accept any (unclear, possibly says media) compensation for my death, from the same people who effectively hit the last nail in my coffin with a recent aerial campaign in Iraq.
‘I call on my brother John, who is/was (that part is inaudible) member of the US Air Force, think about what you are doing, think about lives you destroy including those of your own family.
‘I call on you John, think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq recently and kill those people, whoever they may have been.
‘Think John, who did they really kill? Did they think about me, you our family when they made that decision?
‘I died that day John, when your colleagues dropped that bomb on those people – they signed my death certificate.
‘I wish I had more time, I wish I could have the hope of freedom and see my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.’
The reporter then stops speaking and his executioner steps forward to speak. The masked, armed and black robe-clad man speaks in English in what is thought to be a British accent.
Members of the UK’s Associated Press pegged the accent to the South East of England and London, while others have claimed the accent resembles one from North Africa.
‘This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country. As a government you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State.
‘You have plotted against us and gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs. Today, your military airforce is attacking us daily in Iraq.
‘Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims. You are no longer fighting an insurgency.
‘We are an Islamic Army and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide.
‘So effectively, any aggression toward the Islamic State is aggression towards Muslims from all walks of life who have accepted the Islamic Caliphate as their leadership.
‘So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic Caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.’
Disgusting: After the death of James Wright Foley, the ISIS representative parades TIME reporter Steven Joel Sotloff in front of the camera
At this point the executioner beheads Foley, who is kneeling bravely with hands tied behind his back. His body is displayed with the head atop the body.
Then is a chilling warning, the executioner holds another man, on his kness with his hands tied behind his back, by the scruff of the neck. A caption claims it is Steven Joel Soltoff.
The executioner says: ‘The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.’
ISIS, which has claimed control of most of northern Iraq and parts of Syria is threatening to kill Time journalist Joel Sotloff next unless President Obama ceases attacks on the terror group.
Soltoff has been missing since the middle of 2013 and last tweeted on August 3rd, 2013.
According to his Twitter account he was in Libya at the time of his disappearance.
Foley’s family including parents John and Diane, of Rochester, New Hampshire, pictured left, have publicly appealed for their son’s release.
Foley was previously held captive by pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya.
Tragedy: James Wright Foley has been missing since Thanksgiving, 2012 and was beheaded by ISIS forces in a recorded message to President Obama on Tuesday
Two years of hope: James Foley’s parents, John and Diane Foley and grandmother, Olga Wright, pictured held a vigil for his release in when he captured in Libya last year
The barbaric beheading comes one day after ISIS militants threatened to attack U.S. targets ‘in any place’ in a chilling video showing a blood-spattered Star and Stripes next to the jihadist flag with the message in English: ‘We will drown all of you in blood’.
Unlike Al Qaeda, the Islamic State has so far focused on seizing land in Iraq and Syria for its self-proclaimed caliphate, not spectacular attacks on Western targets.
It came as President Barack Obama on Monday announced that Kurdish peshmerga troops, supported by U.S. jets, had recaptured the strategically important Mosul Dam, hailing the offensive as a ‘major step forward’.
The dam had given the militants control over power and water supplies, and any breach of the vulnerable structure would have threatened thousands of lives.
As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces also stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria.
Foley, who lived Boston, was previously held captive by pro-Gaddafi forces for six weeks in Libya in 2011.
Missing for almost two years: James Foley was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day. His family, from Rochester, New Hampshire, have been appealing for his release even since
He was released after 45 days following an international campaign by his friends and family.
The Foley family from Rochester, New Hampshire, had hoped keeping silent could aid his release from Syria, but early last year decided to appeal directly to his kidnappers, increasingly concerned as they grew increasingly concerned.
‘We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he’s okay,’ his father John Foley said in a statement in January 2013 as the Foley family launched a website to publicize his disappearance, ‘Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed. To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release.’
James, or Jim as he is known to his family and friends, is one of five children to parents John and Diane Foley.
Foley, who studied at Marquette University, Milwaukee, and later studied journalism at Northwestern University, Chicago, has also reported on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to a career in journalism, he taught reading and writing skills to convicted felons at Cook County Jail in Chicago.
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